May also be called: IBD, Inflammatory
Crohn's disease causes the intestine (bowel) to become
so the intestinal wall reddens and swells. The bowel might develop ulcers
or bleed. These things can prevent the bowel from digesting food well.
More to Know
People with Crohn's disease might have belly cramps, diarrhea (sometimes with blood
in it), weight loss, and loss of appetite. They may feel more tired than usual.
Crohn's disease also can cause problems in other parts of the body, like joint
pain, skin rashes, and eye problems. Kids who have it may be smaller or go through
puberty later because they don't get enough calories and nutrients to grow properly.
Crohn's disease can sometimes cause the bowels to become blocked by swelling and scar
Experts don't know exactly why people get Crohn's disease. It seems that the body's
immune system, which
fights germs and disease, doesn't work normally. Crohn's disease can run in families,
so genes play
Crohn's disease is a lifelong condition. Doctors can't cure the disease, but it
can be managed by eating a balanced diet with enough calories and taking medicines.
People with the disease sometimes need surgery.
Keep in Mind
Following a treatment plan and maintaining good nutrition can help people with
Crohn's disease live normal lives.
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